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HP Photosmart 7520 review

Photo-orientated multifunction printer

Our Verdict

For

  • Superb, fast photo printing
  • Great text output
  • Good overall build quality
  • Web and mobile printing options

Against

  • No second A4 tray
  • Some build issues
  • Slight banding on default-quality images
  • No Ethernet connectivity

Print quality is little short of stellar. Text printing is clear and solid, with well defined characters and very little bleed. Maybe it's not quite as strikingly vivid as a Canon or an HP Officejet, but it's so close to perfect this hardly matters. Text remains readable even at very low point sizes too.

As well as being clear, text printing is also speedy. Our 20-page test document was delivered in a shade under two minutes, which isn't much slower than you'd expect from a HP Officejet. There wasn't a hint of smudging or streaking either.

Traditionally it's office printers that excel at text printing, but this photo-orientated model puts in a very credible performance. This is yet more evidence that the distinction between HP's Officejet and Photosmart range is becoming redundant.

HP Photosmart 7520 review

Printing our photo test image on A4 (US letter) sized photo paper at the highest quality setting gave us lab-quality results. With near-perfect skin tones and vibrant, vivid colours, the standard of the printout really shone through. The greyscale ramp was almost faultless, with no speckling, no green tinge and only the barest hint of banding.

Speed-wise, the maximum dpi, A4 photo paper printing took just over six minutes to print out; unremarkable, but entirely acceptable.

Printing the same test image onto plain paper gave very good if slightly imperfect results. Although colours were once again consistent and well realised, there was a little banding evident.

HP Photosmart 7520 review

Yet the imperfections were very small, and, when printing on plain paper at the default setting, inevitable. No printer's output is blemish-free in this respect, and the HP Photosmart 7250 stands up well against its rivals.

As you'd expect for a modern HP inkjet printer, the HP Photosmart 7250 has auto Duplex - you can print on both sides of the paper without turning the first printout over and putting it back in the paper tray.

Once more the quality is extremely good, with our test sheet reproduced with clear text and solid, consistent colours. There was very little speckling, though using standard 80gsm paper, there was inevitably a little bleed-through.

HP Photosmart 7520 review

It performed admirably as a scanner too, and also did a fine job of photocopying a magazine cover. There was a little banding in areas of strong, solid colours, but again, this is inevitable, and the HP Photosmart 7520's photocopying compares very well to its rivals.

For mobile printing, the Photosmart 7520 is AirPrint-compatible for printing directly from iOS devices that are on the same network.

HP ePrint enables you to print from any web-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone by sending an email to your printer's unique address, and wireless direct printing enables you to connect and print wirelessly without going through your home network. It's Google Cloud Print capable too.

HP Photosmart 7520 review

Finally, the printer can scan to email, memory cards and USB flash drives as well as directly to your computer, and also print from USB storage and most modern memory card formats.

You can also download various print apps, giving instant access to quick forms, calendars, crosswords, colouring in for the kids and more.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed16 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity145 sheets
USBYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ppm)10
ISO Mono Print Speed (ppm)14
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)14
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)10
Product FamilyPhotosmart
ISO Mono Copy Speed (cpm)7.5
ISO Color Copy Speed (cpm)7
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, B5, C6 Envelope, DL Envelope, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, 300 mm x 100 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 216 mm x 297 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle1250 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, REACH
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
Maximum Copy Resolution600 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity145 sheets
Wireless Print TechnologyApple AirPrint
Country of OriginChina
Height220 mm
Width454 mm
Depth455 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Brochure Paper, Inkjet Paper, Photo Paper, Envelope, Label, Greeting Card, Transparency, Borderless Media
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Model7520
Product NamePhotosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer
Product LinePhotosmart
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberCZ045B#BEV
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Enjoy HP's premier home printing experience. Print photos, copy and scan, fax and access web content via the large colour touchscreen, or print from virtually anywhere - at home or on the go - with wireless and mobile printing.

The HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One is ideal for home users wanting a premier home printing experience with lab-quality photos and the versatility of advanced paper handling, scan-to-email, fax and mobile/wireless printing.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Photo Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD
  • Reference Guide
  • Power Supply
  • Power Cord
  • Phone Cord
  • Two-Sided Printing Accessory
  • Limited Warranty1 Year
    Standard Memory128 MB
    Transmission Speed4 sec/page
    Weight (Approximate)8.61 kg